Friday, October 30, 2009

That Would Be No Loss

So...CanWest is threatening to shut down the National Post.

Somehow, for a paper that has focused more on being partisan than doing actual journalism, I just don't feel like there's much of a loss involved here.

National Post was started because Conrad Black had a snit with Jean Chretien - it wasn't started because the country needed - or would benefit from - another newspaper. It was started to foment a campaign against the governing party. When the Aspers acquired it (as Conrad Black's empire was crumbling), they proceeded to drive the whole thing off the deep end of partisan extremism.

If ... and I think it's a remote if right now ... CanWest does shut down the NP, we will have simply lost another media source that overplayed its hand - not unlike the former "Alberta Report" publication which tried to go national.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I wonder how long it will be before we hear that law enforcement authorities are looking into the affairs of CanWest Global and its media outlets like their "Irrational Post"?

With billions of dollars in losses, it is hard to imagine that there were't a few bucks misappropriated or that ended up illegally in someone's pocket!

Oh well, Lord Black will appreciate some companionship from someone of his extraodinary literary and financial genius.